A new Dark Age is upon us, warned the British prime minister from inside the Colosseum in Rome this week. It’s ‘now or never’ for the human species to ‘avoid extinction’, warned the UN in a recent info-mercial about ‘solving the global climate crisis’. Government rhetoric about imminent doom continues scaling new heights of shrill alarmism as world leaders meet in Rome for the annual G20 and in Glasgow for COP26. What are these nitwits on about? They don’t really believe their own rhetoric, do they? In this NewsReal, Joe and Niall assess the ‘green’ proposals and ostensibly rational beliefs professed by Our Dear Leaders. Even if their theories about our complex ecosystem are childishly cartoonish, they all seem to be on the same page about SOMETHING, so what is it they’re NOT telling people? Running Time: 01:33:39 Download: MP3 — 64.3 MB
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Thousands of protesters are set to take to the streets today in order to stop the closure of the emergency department at Navan Hospital. A rally has been organised by the Save Navan Hospital Campaign following fears the current 24-hour A&E service could be replaced with a medical assessment unit. Local TD Peadar Tóibín said the march today is the result of a proud Meath community coming together in a “serious time of need”. He said the HSE’s plan to close the A&E is “extremely dangerous”. “Six weeks ago, the HSE told senior medics, staff and Unions in Navan Hospital that the A&E and ICU was to be closed. Ministers told TDs asking questions in the Dáil that this was going to happen.
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Former Polish President Lech Walesa was summoned to the nation’s prosecutor’s office on Friday on charges of perjury in a case related to his alleged links to the socialist-era Polish secret police. The leader of Poland’s Solidarity movement known as a pro-democracy activist, Walesa was summoned to hear the charges related to his testimony back in 2016. At that time, when confronted with documents alleging his recruitment as a secret police informant, Walesa denied he had anything to do with them and said they had been forged to smear his name. Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), which instigated the case against Walesa back in 2016, has now stated that expert opinions and other evidence confirmed that the documents were in fact authentic. The IPN has been sticking to this position ever since 2016 as it stated they were confirmed to be genuine when it first brought the case against the politician.
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4,200 years ago, horseback riding allowed people to travel farther and faster than ever before, spurring migration throughout Europe and Asia. For thousands of years, horses have played critical roles in human societies around the world. These equines helped early farmers plow their fields, transported people farther and faster, and gave warriors a competitive edge in battle. But experts have long puzzled over the deceptively simple question of where domestic horses actually came from. It took a two-continent collaboration among over a hundred scientists to home in on the answer: southern Russia. The discovery provides strong evidence that of three main locations in contention — Anatolia, Iberia, and western Eurasian steppes — the last is likely the birthplace of modern domestic horses, Equus caballus.
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Tokyo police have arrested a man who brandished a knife and lit a fire on a train, injuring at least ten people on Sunday night. Police said one of the injured, a man apparently in his 60s, was stabbed and is unconscious. The Metropolitan Police Department said the suspect, believed to be in his 20s, began attacking passengers on a Keio Line train near Kokuryo Station in the western Tokyo city of Chofu at around 8:00 p.m. Investigators said the suspect also scattered what appeared to be oil and set it on fire. They said the blaze burned some of the seats.
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A bout of severe weather caused havoc in the vicinity of Erbil, in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, on Saturday, October 30, as flash flooding overcame vehicles on area highways. Intense rainfall and hail were reported in the region on Saturday, breaking a period of drought. Officials said several neighborhoods in the area had suffered damage, and asked residents to stay away from flood-prone roads, Rudaw reported. This footage, taken on a highway between Erbil and Shaqlawa, shows traffic brought to a halt by flash floods
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They came from the land of the ice and snow and the midnight sun – but still ended up in some balmy destinations. This is the conclusion of researchers who have discovered evidence to support the idea that the Vikings settled on the clement shores of the Azores several hundred years before the Portuguese arrived in 1427. Given that the Vikings are usually associated with the frozen north, the claim is startling. Nevertheless, it is based on solid science, says a group of international researchers who recently analysed lakebed sediments in the Azores, an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic. These were found to be rich in organic compounds that are found in cow and sheep faeces. At the same time, these samples were also found to contain high levels of charcoal but were low in pollen from native trees.
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Plants use a variety of mechanisms to communicate with other organisms, including one another. Volatile compounds can signal flowering and attract pollinators, for instance, and mycorrhizal fungal networks can transmit warnings or transfer resources. Small RNAs are on that list of communication molecules, and new findings confirm their potential: according to a paper published October 14 in Nature Plants, the plant Arabidopsis thaliana secretes microRNAs (miRNAs) — a type of small, single-stranded RNAs — into its liquid growth medium. Nearby individuals then take up these RNAs, which alter their gene expression patterns by binding to messenger RNAs and preventing certain genes from being translated into proteins (a process known as RNA interference).
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On Monday Cuba made official its entry into the Energy Partnership of China’s Belt and Road initiative, a call to build an international mega-platform for cooperation and exchanges under the principle of shared profit. The island’s ambassador to Beijing, Carlos Miguel Pereira, stressed the importance of the group to expand and diversify collaboration in that sector and collectively overcome the challenges it faces worldwide. He also ratified the commitment of the Caribbean nation to contribute to sustainable progress. He invited Chinese companies and institutions and the rest of the members to work in fields such as promoting green energy and inclusive access to energy services.
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Vaccine passports harden opposition to getting jabbed, survey finds. 90 per cent of Germans who haven’t taken the COVID-19 vaccine say they won’t get it, with only the remaining 10 per cent saying they will “probably” get it or remaining undecided. A recent survey carried out by Forsa on behalf of the Ministry for Health found that 65 per cent of Germans say there is “no way” they will get the COVID vaccine over the next two months.
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